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The Kingdom Within

The Kingdom Within

By Fr. Andrew Jarmus
Sermons, talks, and reflections from Fr. Andrew Jarmus, parish priest of St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.
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To See His Glory

The Kingdom Within

His Prayer for Those Who Believe
At the beginning of John 13 it says that Jesus, "loved his own who were in the world," and that, "he loved them to the end." And when Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father, he prayed for us. But when he prayed for us, what did he ask for? Today we'll find out as we continue our study of Jesus' Great High-priestly Prayer in John 17.
October 19, 2020
To See His Glory
By definition, a priest is one who makes a sacrificial offering to God on behalf of the people. Jesus is our Great High-priest who makes the offering of his very self for the life and for the salvation of the world. Here's Part 1 of a study of Jesus' Great High-priestly Prayer in John 17.
October 13, 2020
The Higher Calling
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is the Golden Rule. Today, we will look at the "Platinum Rule," found in chapter six of the Gospel of Luke.
October 6, 2020
The Spirituality of Evangelism
Of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Luke offers the most systematic account of Jesus' life and teachings. In this episode, we look at the beginning of Luke 5, where Jesus calls three fishermen to be his apostles. This passage shows us how sharing the Gospel is a spiritual discipline.
September 26, 2020
The Two Greatest
Most of Matthew 22 finds the Jewish authorities barraging Jesus with questions. The chapter ends with Jesus asking a question of his own, one the Jewish leaders are not comfortable answering. Today we look at Matthew 22:35-46. You can find my complete notes on this reading on the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church YouTube channel.
September 19, 2020
The Wedding Supper of the Lamb
The importance of sharing a meal is universal to the human experience, you can find it in diverse cultures across the globe. Sitting at a table together, breaking bread fosters a sense of unity and belonging. So, it should come as no surprise to us that the Lord uses the imagery of a feast to teach us about his Kingdom. In this episode we look at the parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22.
September 11, 2020
Wealth, Salvation, and the Throne Room of Our Hearts
Does possessing wealth get us closer to God's Kingdom, or does wealth keep us out of the Kingdom? Here's what we learn from Jesus' encounter with a rich young man in Matthew 19.
August 31, 2020
Forgive and Be Forgiven
In this week's episode, Jesus offers us a parable about the importance of forgiveness in our walk with God. We're looking at Matthew 18:23-35.
August 26, 2020
When Imperfect Faith is Enough
Does God demand unwavering faith from us? Here's what we learn in one of Jesus' healing miracles in Matthew 17.
August 17, 2020
For Us, He Walked on Water
Everything Jesus said and did that's recorded in the Gospels has something to teach us. In this episode, we discuss our "take-home" lesson in Jesus walking on water.
August 9, 2020
With What Little We Have
In one of Jesus' better-known miracles, we discover another important insight about discipleship and the work of the Church. In this episode, we take a look at Jesus feeding the 5000 in Matthew 14.
August 4, 2020
The Meaning of Mercy
In this Bible study of Matthew 9:27-35, we take a closer look at the prayer, "Lord, have mercy." There's more to it than we might think.
July 27, 2020
Who Needs a Miracle?
To witness a miracle is an amazing thing. But are miracles necessary for faith?
July 19, 2020
A Disciple's Exodus
A look at what Moses' confrontation with Pharaoh in Exodus 5 teaches us about Christian discipleship.
July 13, 2020
Just Say the Word
In this Bible study of Jesus' encounter with a Centurion in Matthew 8, we continue to learn about the nature of discipleship.
July 6, 2020
Things Needful and Enduring
A study of Mathew 6:22-33. Jesus teaches about focus and priorities.
June 28, 2020
Now's the Time to Follow Him
Jesus call his first disciples. A Bible study of Matthew 4:18-23.
June 22, 2020
What does it take to be a saint?
In this episode on the Gospel reading for All Saints Sunday, we discuss Jesus' tough teaching on discipleship in the Gospel of Matthew.
June 14, 2020
Pentecost Sunday Bible Study
In the passages from John 7 and 8 that we're looking at in this episode, we get a better idea why the Jewish authorities disliked Jesus so much.
June 9, 2020
True God of True God
A Bible study of John 17:1-13. These verses are part of Jesus' Great High-priestly Prayer for his disciples. In the Gospel of John, this prayer concludes the Lord's Supper.
May 31, 2020
"Now I See"
A discussion about the miracle of Jesus healing the man born blind -- John 9:1-38
May 28, 2020
Who May Receive the Living Water?
Fr. Andrew walks us through the Gospel reading for the Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, John 4:5-42.
May 17, 2020
Do You Want to Be Made Well?
Fr. Andrew discusses the Gospel reading for the Sunday of the Paralytic, John 5:1-15.
May 17, 2020
He is Not Here!
A look at the Gospel reading for the second Sunday after Easter in the Orthodox Church: Mark 15:43-16:8. The Myrhhbearing women go to the tomb of their Teacher.
May 4, 2020
Dynamic Agents of Good
What angels can teach us about being God's servants and ministers.
November 7, 2019
Giving Sight to the Blind
The account of the healing of the man born blind in John 9 is the story of our salvation.
November 6, 2019
The Four Pillars (Part Four)
Everything we have in the life of the Church is part of God's divine prescription for our healing that allows us to come into communion with Christ and to grow in our faith. In Part Four of the Four Pillars Retreat Series, we look at how daily spiritual practices ground and nourish our faith. 
May 22, 2019
Remember the Better Angels
"Just as there are 'better angels of our nature,' there are also 'lesser angels' of our nature. We have the capacity for compassion, but we also have the capacity for indifference. We have the capacity for forgiveness and for resentment. We can build bridges and we can burn them, we can heal and and we can hurt. We have to very intentionally choose the path of compassion and forgiveness and healing, and of all those things carried in that phrase 'the better angels of our nature.'"
April 16, 2019
The Four Pillars (Part Three)
Sometimes, it's hard to know God's plan for us. But if we're being truthful, even when his plan is clear, it can still be hard to process. Here are some thoughts on what to do when all we want to do is walk away.
April 5, 2019
The Four Pillars (Part Two)
In part two in a series on the "Four Pillars of Our Healing" we learn that it's not only hard to sometimes see the forest for the trees, it is also hard to see the Tree for all the noise.  Sound cryptic? Listen on!
March 30, 2019
The Four Pillars (Part One)
In Part One in a series of episodes that look at the "Four Pillars of Our Spiritual Life," we learn how the Christian Gospel broadens the scope of what we know as "my life."
March 22, 2019
Fasting and Spiritual Healing
In the Garden of Eden, God gave humanity one rule and that was a fast. That means that the essence of sin relates to our appetites. Appetites are natural, but harmful if they get away from us.
March 13, 2019
That We May Be One
The saints spend a lot of time warning believers to nurture and safeguard their unity. That should tell us something about the importance of unity in our life together.
March 6, 2019
The Struggle with Myself
St. Isaac the Syrian said: “Enter eagerly into the treasure-house that lies within you, and so you will see the treasure-house of heaven; for the two are the same, and there is but one single entry to them both.” The thing is, the journey into the treasure-house of the soul looks like the spiritual version of an Indiana Jones movie. In the words of St. John of Kronstadt: "My life is a lengthy, stubborn, and constant battle with myself, a battle which I am waging at present being constantly fortified by God's grace." Fortunately, this isn't a journey that we have to take by ourselves.
February 26, 2019
How to Handle Temptation
The story of the Publican and the Pharisee, martial arts, and this quote from St. Porphyrios: "When a temptation threatens to inflict you, don’t fight it..." Listen in to find out how we tie all of this together.
February 20, 2019
The Story of Zacchaeus
The story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19 is only 10 verses long, but it contains some valuable insights about our relationship with God.
February 13, 2019
The Hour is Coming and Now Is
Welcome to Episode 1! Let’s talk about the “Kingdom.” We keep using that word, but does it mean what we think it means?
February 5, 2019
The Kingdom Within Podcast (Trailer)
Join Fr. Andrew Jarmus on a journey of discovery to the Kingdom Within.
February 1, 2019